Tracing an ellipse from major axis and given points


I have a serie of given points but i dont know the minor axis length, could someone know how to trace an ellipse passing through those points?

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Hi -

That’s not a trivial task to solve.

The following thread has 2 Grasshopper graphs that might get you further:
(The thread contains a link to a longer discussion as well).

Also, we have the “Fit ellipse through points function” feature request on the list as RH-62823.

I can’t help wondering how you know the major axis points but don’t know the ellipse?

Here’s a Galapagos solution:

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P.S. Responded to the wrong person…

If you already have the major axis you could also get the ellipse by intersecting lines with the circle and scale1D:

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For more general ellipse/conic problems I see there’s this recent plugin


This solution with Python 3.9 and Hops

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from flask import Flask
import ghhops_server as hs
import numpy as np
from skimage.measure import EllipseModel

app = Flask(__name__)
hops = hs.Hops(app)

    description="Ellipse from points",
        hs.HopsPoint("Points", "P", "List of points",hs.HopsParamAccess.LIST),
        hs.HopsString("Result", "R", "Result output"),

def ellipse(points):
    pts = []
    for p in points:
        x = p.X
        y = p.Y
        pt = (x, -y)

    a_points = np.array(pts)

    ell = EllipseModel()

    xc, yc, a, b, theta = ell.params

    return [xc,-yc,-theta,a,b]

if __name__ == "__main__":

There are other codes:

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Is anyone able to install this?

I installed it from PackageManager and it worked

This is one of the cases where OP provided just a single case and then left the thread :rofl: (i’m joking)
I’d like to try some algorythms but i fear other cases would have a different general situation.

Thank Daniel. Package Manager seemed to work, but then nothing shows up when I restart Rhino. Anyway, it’s not your problem.

I think @daniel.christev is the developer of that one

Compare results between Python/Hops and Regular components:

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Thank you very much for your solution!

I had the same problem, you should try with a previous version of hops, it works well with the 0.4.1